Conquering Mt. Democrat

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A 14-er, or a 14,000 foot tall mountain, is not exactly easy to climb, but I managed it just recently!  I learned several important things on the way, and when I reached the summit, I had the

A 14-er, or a 14,000 foot tall mountain, is not exactly easy to climb, but I managed it just recently!  I learned several important things on the way, and when I reached the summit, I had the sensation that I was on top of the world.  When you climb a 14-er, remember it's just one step after another.  Of course you need to remember that you're hiking at a higher altitude.   Some people get altitude sickness.  That's why it's always important to be honest with yourself, and if you really feel sick then you should take a break or head back down.  But I didn't get sick, so I was able to make it to the top with my dad.  At the beginning of the hike, I felt fine and I took frequent breaks.  But my dad kept warning me of the reason you have to climb 14-ers at a quick and steady pace; lightning storms.  It's really dangerous to be at the top of the mountain after noon, because when you're so high lightning is sort of attracted to you, not to mention that dark clouds are seen almost every afternoon.  By the middle of the hike, I felt as though I had hiked more that a thousand miles already.  I asked my dad how far we'd come, and he answered about halfway.  After that, I drank some more water and then we were off. I felt refreshed and really wanted to get to the top before noon.  Then there was a really hard part in the path with big rocks every which way.  That part was fun, but also kind of scary.  I felt like I was going to fall off of the edge of the mountain, even though that was almost impossible.  Then we met some kids who were coming down off of the mountain.  They informed us that they were 10 and 7 years old, and they had hiked all the way to top, proving that even courageous seven year olds could make it. When me and my dad finally made it to the summit, we were so amazed at the view.  As a tradition, me and my dad ate plums and my dog, Jack, ate a whole hamburger!  Then we saw some dark clouds coming our way and we headed back.  One more thing to remember; coming back down is so much easier than going up!  This hike was really, really amazing and I would say that once you're ten you'll be able to climb this mountain, and if you're experienced than maybe–just maybe– you'll be able to climb it at age seven!